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Tony Slydini

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Tony Slydini

Cover of Genii (1967)
BornQuintino Marucci
September 01, 1901
Foggia, Italy
DiedJanuary 15, 1991 (age 89)
Orange, New Jersey

Slydini (1901-1991) was a world renowned magician and owner of Slydini Studio of Magic.


Slydini first took the stage name of "Tony Foolem" and eventually later "Slydini".[1].

His father, an amateur magician, encouraged him to pursue sleight of hand at an early age. While still young, Slydini and his family moved from Italy to Argentina. He worked in South America's version of vaudeville, but after the Great Depression hit, work became scarce.

Slydini on Cavett (The cigarette fantasy)

In 1930, he moved to New York City, where he got a job at Hubert's Museum on Forty-second Street and later found work in carnivals and sideshows. On a visit to Boston, Slydini landed a three-day show and ended up performing in Boston for seven years.

Slydini's magic was usually impromptu, rather than following a set sequence of tricks. He allowed his audience and the situation to dictate his show.[2]

The French film producer Christian Fechner brought Slydini to France and professionally filmed his entire repertoire possibly during the 1970s. The films have never been released.


Awards and Honors


  • As I Recall (2 DVD Set) : Slydini's students pay tribute to the man, the mentor, and the magic. They recall some of their most cherished moments with the master and perform their favorite effects, keeping his legacy alive.


  1. Cover of Genii 1967 September
  2. Obit, MUM, March 1991